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Cell Tissue Res May 16, 1977; 180 (2): 223-30.

Some morphogenetic features of the adenohypophysical primordium of early Xenopus laevis tadpoles.

Erik N , Nyholm I .

The adenohypophyses of Xenopus laevis tadpoles at developmental stages 20 to 46 (Nieuwkoop and Faber, 1956) were studied. From its first appearance at about stage 20 to 21, the adenohypophysial primordium passes through four morphogenetic phases, each characterized by internal events. The first phase (stages 20 to about 33/34) is characterized by extensive proliferation of the primordium. During the second phase (stages 33/34 to about 37/38), the growth of the primordium is arrested. This arrest coincides with the attainment of secretory function. The primordium is claviform in shape at these stages. The third phase, roughly stage 39, is characterized by a thorough reorganization of the adenohypophysial cells, leading to the formation of the pars distalis and pars intermedia. The shape of the primordium changes, and its volume tmeporarily increases. The last phase is characterized by the organization of the pars distalis cells into cell cords which possibly demonstrate a functional relation to a specialized region (the "hilus") of the adenohypophysis-brain interspace.

PubMed ID: 872195
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